Last week we bottled several different wines and the experience was a complete success! Any winemaker knows that, though bottling day is the culmination of many, many months of hard work, it's not worth celebrating until every last bottle is safely sealed, labeled and en route to storage. Meaning, a lot can happen and a lot of new hurdles can pop up as we prepare the bottling line, and most times it's not the easiest experience.
Thursday we began with our 2018 Broadwing (Meritage blend), which boasts a beautiful silk-screened bottle, followed by a very small lot of Estate Cabernet Franc, our 2018 Merlot, and 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon. Thursday afternoon we continued with the 2019 Reserve Rockpile Zinfandel and a new 2018 Raptor Rescue Old Vine Zinfandel! We are very excited about the Raptor Rescue Zin, a wine of which, upon release, proceeds will benefit California's Raptor Rescue Center. Friday brought the 2019 Estate Zinfandel and 2019 Old Vine Zinfandel from Alegria Vineyard. The Alegria Zinfandel was sold out of the barrel in 2020 as a Futures Release, and we will fulfill those pre-paid orders in October, when the bottles have had a chance to rest properly.
All in all, a great day and we could not have done it without the expertise of the NorCal Bottling line and Clendenan Vineyard Management crew members who helped with the assembly line. We documented as we went and compiled a great video for you to get a window into what bottling looks like for a small winery like us. NorCal bottling line was brought in late on Wednesday night, so that we could get a fresh 6am start on Thursday. Nice, long, 12-hour days, last minute glass deliveries, errands into town for corks and case labels- all of the effort and hustle wrapped up into about 20+ pallets of beautifully labeled new-born Hawley wines.
Hawley Wine Club members always get first access to our wines and exclusive access to the smaller lots. Check out our wine club here to learn more. Our members make all of this possible!
Let In-Person Tastings Commence!
We are happy to announce that our Downtown Tasting Room and Gallery will reopen Thursdays-Sundays from 11am-6pm at 36 North Street in Downtown Healdsburg! Sense of humor and face masks required for everyone! We will be serving outdoor only, so wear some layers and get ready to taste some fabulous wines!!!
Hawley Winery Tasting Room & Gallery
36 North Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 431-2705 ext 1
Thank you for your continued support of our family winery! Next year will be our 25th Anniversary and we wouldn’t be here without you. We are grateful for your patronage and friendship and look forward to many great vintages to come.
May you enjoy the company of loved ones this holiday season and have a very happy New Year!
Austin, John and Paul Hawley
Hawley Tasting Room & Gallery Temporarily Closed
Hawley Tasting Room & Gallery Update
Due to Sonoma County's mandate to Shelter-In-Place, we are closing our tasting room and gallery for the next three weeks, and possibly longer, depending. The health of our staff and guests are a top priority and we hope that this will help stop the spread of COVID19.
The great news is that we are allowed to continue our wine production, wine sales & shipping! Order your bottles through our online shop! Purchase bottles online for shipping or choose "Vineside Pick Up" as a ship method. Vineside Pick Up orders will be held at our winery location: 6387 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448. To arrange your pick up, click here and choose a day/time under the Vineside Pick Up option. We ask that anyone coming to get their wines wear a face mask and pull up to the indicated pick up zone upon arrival. We will assist with loading wines so you don't have to leave your vehicle!
Vineyard Experiences On Hold
Unfortunately, vineyard tours, tastings, blending classes and picnics will not be available to book for the next three weeks, or possibly longer, depending. Make your reservations for available dates in 2021, though, as we are hopeful that things will clear up eventually!
Thank you, Sonoma Magazine!
We are very excited to announce that our 2018 Old Vine Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley was chosen as one of the Top 100 Wines of Sonoma County by Sonoma Magazine! This wine is harvested from 55-year-old, head-trained and dry-farmed vines grown along Dry Creek. The wine spent 13 months in a selection of French and American oak. We present to you a complex Zinfandel; spicy, brambly with blackberry, cherry flavors and great structure! Grab a bottle or two of the 2018 Dry Creek Old Vine Zin!
Nature Guides The Way
For More information head on over to Sonoma Magazine!
New Tasting Room Hours!
Hawley Tasting Room & Gallery
Thursdays - Sundays
36 North Street in Downtown Healdsburg
(707) 431-2705 ext 2
We continue outdoor service at our tasting room with updated hours Thursdays through Sundays from 11am until 6pm. Club members are welcome to pop by to pick up their wine club releases anytime within our hours of operation and reservations are no longer required.
Please note will be following all County Health guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID19, including:
Outdoor seating at tables at least 6 feet apart
Face masks worn by staff and required for guests when not seated
Groups will be limited to six people or less
In order to enjoy your wine tasting, face coverings may be removed while seated. Also, we are happy to offer an assortment of delicious charcuterie for your snacking pleasure while you sip through our latest releases!
Prefer a Private Visit to the Winery instead?
For those of you folks out there looking to enjoy a private vineyard tour and tasting, please check out our vineyard experiences and place a reservation here: Vineyard Experiences
Thank you American Fine Wine Competition!
Our 2017 Reserve Petite Sirah hit it right outta the gate with a Double Gold medal from the American Fine Wine Competition in Florida! We were glad this year's competition was able to happen given all the craziness 2020 has brought us! Our Petite Sirah fruit is grown right next door to our vineyard perched high above Dry Creek Valley. Our east-facing hillside promotes acidity retention in grapes and this allows us to pick at peak ripeness while maintaining the balance in this big, bold wine!
For those of you folks out there looking to stock up on this inky, silky, jammy Petite Sirah- stay tuned for our Fall Wine club release! Join the club here
It’s great to be back at the Estate!
Our evacuation for West Dry Creek Valley was lifted this weekend and we are back on the Estate! Our Merlot, Malbec and Viognier grapes are tasting lovely!! It sure is nice to return and see such juicy fruit after all this chaos. Thanks again to CAL Fire, ALL organizations and all folks who played a part in defending our homes. Our hearts go out to our neighbors right here in the valley and across the state who have been less fortunate. Let’s help each other out and stay #sonomastrong #californiastrong ❤️
John Interviews with NBC Bay Area News' Cierra Johnson
NBC BAY AREA - "Winery owners of the wine country are very nervous. This is what some of them are saying as they preparing for one of the most crucial times of the year, usually they'd be getting ready for harvest right now! Today in the Bay, Cierra Johnson, live at one winery in Healdsburg this morning. It is squarely in that fire zone:"
Cierra Johnson (NBC): "Yes Good morning. Folks here in Healdsburg have been under that evacuation notice for about a week now, and as the fires would come in, I mean people have just been really nervous for a week. But we are here at Hawley Winery with the owner, Mr. John Hawley, who has really had a birds-eye-view of everything that's going on in this area. I guess initially you've been through this before. How did you feel just knowing that things were picking up so quickly in this area?"
John Hawley, "Well I just worried about it. You know, I wanted to know where the fire was, where it was coming from. Our biggest worry was that it was gonna come across the face of Bradford Mountain, and if it did, it would come down and there are about 40 homes down here, in the trees, places that can be hard to defend, down little dirt roads and so forth. So I just would go up to the fire on a daily basis on this little four-wheeler, and check it out, talk to the fire guys."
Cierra: "What were they saying when you were having that conversation?"
John: "Well it was very serious. I remember going up there I remember it was about 3 or 4 days ago and Fred Peterson, who is a retired firefighter who worked for the Geyservillle Fire Department, kinda headed up the team on this whole road on this side of the mountain. He was coming towards me in his car and I pulled off to the side and he stopped and he looked real grave, and I said, " How's it going" and he said, "Not good." Then I went up and I could see that the flames were all coming up. We had a lot of air support, air support was really fantastic. We had a lot of airplanes coming in including these big 747s, you know, these gigantic things dropping fire retardant. And they did a really terrific job. It was just like a war zone up there; you could see big flames coming up here and flames coming up there, coming up the canyon at Pina Creek and the wind was directing it our way. It was pretty frightening. There was one home owner out there, way out on the edge, had a really great viewpoint. He had built a tower next to his house, for stargazing, and from that tower we could just see the whole area and what was going on. We were just hoping the fire would continue to head south, which is mostly has. Of course it's in danger of a lot of people down this way and the firefighters had to make decisions about you know , well, what areas can we save and what areas are we going to have to let burn."
Cierra: "You mentioned the wind kind of being the rogue issue there, I mean, you know you didn't know which way it was gonna turn. How did it feel knowing that at any moment just with the shift of the wind, you could be at danger- your business could be at danger?"
John: "Well yeah, no, its absolutely a problem, and it's what I worry about and so I try to keep in touch with what was going on with the wind. At first it was coming from the North which was nice because it was blowing all the smoke away from here and we had clear skies here even though we could see billowing smoke heading down that way. Later on, when the winds started blowing from the South, we were a little concerned that it was going to blow the fire around that backside of the mountain, which would have been really impossible to do much about because there is so much fuel there. Like I said, it hadn't burned over since 1972 and it's just a tangle of brush. Fortunately they did a really tremendous job and by yesterday afternoon all that was left back there in a lot of areas was blackened areas, ash and a few smouldering stumps."
Cierra: "Well I'm glad to know that for the most part everything out here is pretty much good and that you were kind of able to keep an eye on everything from your perspective. I mean this has been going on for days now. That first warning was just issued on Wednesday, and here were are just a day away from when that first warning was issued and folks still shaken up from what is going on. We are live out here in Healdsburg. Cierra Johnson for Today in the Bay."
Follow Up Interview:
6AM August 25, 2020
NBC BAY AREA - "We are also watching Sonoma County for almost a week now. Many in the Healdsburg area, they have been in Evcauation warning, not to mention all the Red Flag warnings that we've had as well. But finally, a little bit of relief. Today in the Bay, Cierra Johnson, live from Healdsburg this morning where conditions are said to be starting to improve. Cierra?"
Cierra Johnson: "Yeah, Good Morning, exactly- there has been a lot of aid coming in to help knock down those fires. Those notices were issued, but we thankfully didn't get that lightening and thunder that kept that notice going. Right now I'm in Healdsburg at Hawley Winery with Mr. John Hawley, the owner of this winery, and he's really had a birds eye view, a great perspective from everything going on in this community. I guess starting off, we talked a lot about what you saw last time, but I guess in this half hour- How does this fire impact your business and how does it impact your product?"
John Hawley "Well my son is the winemaker now, though I'm involved. And there is some concern about smoke taint in the grapes because the grapes absorb whatever aromas are where they're growing. Fortunately, though for the most part the fires have been blowing southward that most of the vineyards have been pretty free of smoke and I don't have tremendous fear of it. But I really have no idea what it's - I haven't been out of here in a week and I don't have any idea what it's like to the South, I've heard it's pretty smokey down in Santa Rosa and I suspect in San Francisco and all around the Bay it's - they're breathing our smoke. We've been fortunate that we get a lit of the wines from the north and as you can see it's a little smokey here but it's not bad.
Cierra : " What is the vibe here in town. I mean you've kind of been on pins and needles for a week. What are both the business owners and the residents- what are folks saying out in the community?"
John: "It just seems like it's one thing after another. We got a pandemic, in the wine business that's been rough on us because restaurants are mostly shut down, tasting rooms have been shut down and are just slowly opening. And now of course we got the fire and people are not going to want to come to the wine country, at least not until things clear up. So, it's been difficult and we of course have to do our social distancing. We can't have people coming into a wine bar like we used to so, things have changed and they may continue to be that way. So we're kind of bracing for life isn't gonna be the way it used to be."
Cierra "Exactly well thank you for getting up early with us. That's something we've been hearing a lot is just folks are just bracing for whatever Mother Nature is throwing their way. Cierra Johnson for Today in the Bay."